Edith May Bailat

May 18, 1933January 30, 2019
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Edith May (Ott) Bailat, 85 years old, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2019 in Bedford, NH.

Edith was born May 18, 1933 in Flatbush, NY to Irving and Edith (Estabrook) Ott. Edith earned high honors in first grade and skipped one year of grade school. She graduated in January 1951 from Midwood High School in Brooklyn, NY on an accelerated program. She worked for AT&T as a Stock Records Clerk.

Edith and Paul met in 1954 and married in January 1956. They moved to Hopkinton, NH in October 1957. They lived in Contoocook, NH from April 1958 until they bought their home in Chichester, NH in October 1959.

Edith was a Girl Scout leader in NY and taught Sunday school in NH. She loved children and animals. Edith fostered children, adopted stray animals, opened her home to family and friends, and worked for various companies before retiring from Nynex in 1995.

Edith will always be remembered for her loving heart and sense of humor.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Duproz Bailat and her sister, Evelyn (Ott) DeSpagna.

Family members include her children, Michelaine Turgeon and husband, Raymond, of Jaffrey, NH; Denise Bailat of Manchester, NH; Claude Bailat and wife, Mary, of Billerica, MA and Juliette Clough and husband, Frank, of Bow, NH; grandchildren, Andrea and Peter Turgeon; Deirdre, Shannon, Justin and Nathan Bailat; Jesse, Maya, Andrew and Autumn Clough; her sister, Jane (Ott) Anderson of Chesapeake, VA; her nieces, Ellen (Anderson) Webb and husband, David, of Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia, Karen (Anderson) Rameaka of Warwick, RI, their children, Katie, Madeline, and Andrew Webb; Jack and Lena Rameaka; her nieces and nephews, Paul DeSpagna of Chichester, NH, David DeSpagna and wife, Cherie, of Anniston, AL, Eileen (DeSpagna) Lausman and husband, Mark, of Castle Rock, CO, Linda (DeSpagna) Sampson and husband, Andrew, of McDonald TN, their children, Tara and Krista Lausman, and Nichole and Daniel Sampson. Ellen's first born son, Brian Webb, and Karen's husband, Richard Rameaka reside in Heaven with Edith's brothers-in-law, Jack Anderson and Bob DeSpagna.

A memorial service will take place at the Chichester United Methodist Church, 45 Main St. Chichester, on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 2pm officiated by Pastor Travis Allen. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Edith's life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Edith's name to the Pope Memorial SPCA in Concord, NH or Live and Let Live Farm of Chichester, NH.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Bailat family.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 9, 2019

Edith May Bailat

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John DeBold

February 16, 2019

In prayer and sympathy to the family.

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Peter Riel

February 12, 2019

Denise , I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing . I often think of the family when passing your old house where I used to see you while delivering the mail . I can remember blowing a tire on my mail vehicle and having to change the tire in your yard . Pretty sure you helped me and your mom and dad invited me in for a few minutes for a drink . It was so thoughtful of them and I always remembered their kindness . Sending you my thoughts and prayers and a big hug !! Pete your mailman and friend

John Richards

February 7, 2019

Denise, we are so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers John and Renalee